Not sure last night could have gone worse. If you believe in this sort of thing, the Orlando Magic laid out a step by step blueprint on how to break down New York’s “defense” (high pick and rolls), but that’s only if they have the proper personnel. Unfortunately for the Knicks, the league is capped to the brim with explosive point guards able to blast off towards the rim at a moment’s notice. But hey, in a way, this is also to be expected. This team is a scattered unit of talented pieces whose main problem, apart from lack of size, is experience playing with one another. As last night showed, in a terrible loss to a Magic team that has all but erased itself from the championship contender picture, the Knicks aren’t a final product on the defensive end. It’s fun and rousing to have Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups and Amar’e Stoudemire on your team—and the fact that Landry Fields is still in a Knicks uniform is certainly something to give thanks for—but regardless of how this team performs from here on out, let’s save the real expectations for next season; when a bond is formed, height is acquired, and criticism is deserved.
* I don’t know how I’d live with myself if he didn’t, but thank goodness Stephen A. Smith agrees with me.
* Basketball Prospectus tries to answer the age old question of how Carmelo and Amar’e can coexist. (A part of this is for paying customers only. Super lame.)
* If Isiah Thomas isn’t masquerading around as New York’s Wizard of Oz, then what’s he actually doing with his life?
* Some interesting stats from last night’s game.
* Have the Knicks fallen far behind in the race for statistical analysis supremacy?
* Ever heard of the Sheboygan Red Skins? No? Well, apparently, the Knicks are covered in their blood.
* Patrick Ewing plays a game called “Hopeful Reminiscing” and loses.
* SVG takes a little swipe at Mozgov.
* Amar’e dresses in really bright colors.
* From where they sit in Orlando, the view seems to be one with the underdog.